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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Show Director

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


As a Senior Show Director, Randy Wojcik gets to dream up Disneyland Resort entertainment experiences, such as “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue,” and the “Destination: Cars Land” float recently featured in the 124th Rose Parade. In this installment of “Every Role a Starring Role,” Randy will talk about directing both, admitting there’s never a dull moment in his role. See why in this video!


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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Kennel Club Attendant

posted on December 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Did you know that the Disneyland Kennel Club opened as the Ken-L Land Pet Motel on January 18, 1958? Participating in the opening ceremonies were Old Yeller’s son, Duke, and Kevin Corcoran, the youthful star of the film who would become a Disney Legend. If you’ve ever boarded your pets at the Disneyland Kennel Club while visiting the Disneyland Resort, you may remember Ginny Bullock, who will tell you about her role as a Disneyland Kennel Club attendant in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Entertainment Host

posted on December 4th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort entertainment host Alex Nguyen accompanies Disney characters while they interact with guests, making her one lucky cast member! In this installment of Every Role a Starring Role, Alex will explain the responsibilities of her role as an entertainment host, and what it’s like spending so much time with Mickey and his pals.

 
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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Sushi Chef Yoshie Says Farewell

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Yoshie Cabral is a fixture at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – most nights guests see her deftly creating more than 2,000 pieces of sushi on a busy night.
Chef Yoshie Cabral Says Farewell to California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

When California Grill closes in late January for renovations, Yoshie has decided it’s time to take a break – the job of sushi chef involves many long hours of standing, and Yoshie says she’s ready to sit for a while.

She started at the California Grill back in 1995 when she convinced the chef to add sushi to the menu. And at the time, Yoshie was one of a handful of female sushi chefs in the U.S. “They said the temperature of a woman’s hands is too high to handle fresh fish,” says Yoshie with a shrug. But Yoshie proved the critics wrong as she created delectable sushi for a legion of fans.

Though we’ll miss Yoshie, sushi will stay on the menu, says Chef Brian Piasecki, with Yoshie’s protégés carrying on her work.

5 Questions With Yoshie

  1. What is your favorite sushi to make?
    My favorite sushi to make is actually a roll that is on the menu right now – it’s called the Dragon Roll and consists of two types of tuna, tempura shrimp, cucumber and red peppers topped with tobiko (flying fish roe). It is one of my favorites because it looks so beautiful and is truly an artful presentation.
  2. Do you have a favorite moment from all your years at California Grill?
    There have been so many over the past 17 years! One that stands out was just a few years ago when a woman came to the California Grill with her family and she was celebrating her 78th birthday. She was fascinated by what I was doing and came over and visited me. I asked her what her favorite type of sushi was and she said that she has never eaten sushi before! That was the perfect cue for me to make her something special to enjoy for her birthday. She was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t believe that she had gone her entire 78 years without enjoying this amazing culinary treat. It was very special to see her reaction and to have her experience this for the first time here at the California Grill.
  3. A funny moment from your years at California Grill?
    Probably one of the funniest stories was when I was serving a California roll to a guest and the gentleman actually though that the green wasabi (Japanese horseradish) on his plate was guacamole. Boy, was he surprised, but it was too late because he put the whole green ball in his mouth. He was okay, thank goodness, and we both got a great laugh afterwards.
  4. What’s your favorite meal to cook at home?
    I love having the whole family at home for a meal, and one of my favorite dishes to cook is a large pork roast that I can hand-shred for the whole family – along with homemade eggrolls.
  5. What’s next?
    I just want to be able to relax and enjoy spending time with my family, my husband, three children and all 10 grandchildren.
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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Bellhop

posted on October 31st, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Happy Halloween, Disney Parks Blog! On a stormy Halloween night in 1939, a bellhop and four others stepped aboard a Hollywood Tower Hotel elevator and into the fifth dimension. To mark the anniversary of their disappearance, Disneyland Resort cast member Bryan Higashi will tell you about his role hosting guests at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, whenever they drop in!


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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Laundry Production

posted on October 3rd, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


With about 2,500 guest rooms and award-winning restaurants, the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort require a lot of clean linen! In this installment of Every Role a Starring Role, Disneyland Resort cast member Rosalba Vasquez will tell you how her team of laundry production cast members process more than five million towels and two million sheets annually for the Disneyland Resort hotels completely in-house!

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Guest Talent Coordinator

posted on August 31st, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Did you know that the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts host thousands of guest performers each year on Disney stages, as part of Disney Performing Arts? To tell you how is Disneyland Resort Guest Talent Coordinator Christiana Macer, in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!



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Meet Chef Christine Weissman, New Executive Chef for Both Parks at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 17th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


If you’ve been to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, or sailed with Disney Cruise Line, chances are you’ve seen Chef Christine Weissman – a flurry of energy as she spent her days keeping an eye on all things food and drink.

After 12 years on the East Coast, you’ll now see Chef Christine spending time with her chefs at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, where she says she’s working “to always improve our guests’ dining experience.”
Chef Christine Weissman, the New Executive Chef for Both Parks at the Disneyland Resort

She got her start on the opening team at Disneyland Paris, then headed to Walt Disney World Resort for stints at Seasons Dining Room at the former Disney Institute; as the specialty chef in the Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot; chef de cuisine of catering at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom Park; executive chef of Epcot; and executive chef of Disney Cruise Line.

Christine Weissman is also a certified Master Chef (Meister Pruefung I.H.K.), and is certified at Level One by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Her love of cooking started as a child in Bielefeld, Germany, where her family owned a restaurant. She started out as a dishwasher, then learned culinary skills from her father and grandmother. Her favorite kitchen gadget still is a spaetzle board, an old-fashioned way of making German soft egg noodles. “I like to make spaetzle the old fashioned way, ‘scharped from the board,’” says Christine. “I often do this with my daughters at home.”

When we asked her favorite part of being a chef, she quickly answered, “every day is a new adventure, and I love to share my knowledge and skills with my team and watch them develop their own culinary abilities.”

And she says she loves interacting with guests, “creating experiences that they will remember for years to come.”

When she’s taking a rare break from the Disney kitchens, Christine still loves a taste of home – her favorite dish to make is a comforting potato pancake with smoked salmon and a drizzle of sour cream.

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Meet Disneyland Resort ‘Pie Man,’ Chef Jean-Marc Viallet

posted on August 7th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


“Eat dessert first” is our mantra, especially when we’re at the Disneyland Resort and we have the opportunity to dig into any sweet created by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet.

Apple-Cheddar Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet Cherry Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet
Chocolate Mud Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Created by Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet

His latest creations are the fabulous mini-pies served at Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land – we love the strawberry-rhubarb, but won’t pass up the apple-cheddar or chocolate mud pies. Chef Jean-Marc confesses that creamy chocolate desserts are his favorite to prepare, and that his mom’s gooey chocolate cake is one of his favorite childhood memories. He says he remembers helping her in the kitchen in Paris, France, when he was just eight years old, and he started culinary school and working in a pastry shop by age 16.

His sweet career has taken him around the globe and he landed at Disneyland Resort in 1999 as executive pastry chef. His very first sweet for the parks was a Mickey cookie – and the rest is history, as that cookie was the springboard to a job that includes design, development and production of 90 percent of the desserts and baked goods at the Disneyland Resort (except for Napa Rose Restaurant and some catered events).

Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet

Now he and his team (of 100!) at the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery use more than 90,000 pounds of flour, 80,000 pounds of sugar, 80,000 pounds of chocolate, 165,000 fresh eggs and 66,000 pounds of fresh butter each year to create everything from those bite-size pies at Flo’s V-8 Cafe to elaborate wedding cakes.

By the way, Chef Jean-Marc tells us if he wasn’t a chef he’d be an actor or singer – but for now he lets his delicious sweets play the starring role.

What’s your favorite sweet at Disneyland Resort?

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Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort River Guide

posted on July 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This month marks the anniversary of canoes at Disneyland park – no motor or track since 1956! To celebrate, Disneyland Resort cast member Jessica Voiles will give you a glimpse into her role as a river guide aboard Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, in this installment of Every Role a Starring Role!



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